Single vehicle accidents are always treated suspiciously by law enforcement. It makes sense, as cops are so used to taking Traffic Collision Reports from victims with two sides of a story. Many police assume that the victim driver was drunk or on drugs and treat the case as a criminal investigation against the driver.
Taking a Look at the Headache of L.A. Roads
The reality is there are cities in Los Angeles and its connected locales with bad roads that can actually kill or maim vehicle occupants and bystanders. The condition of the roads in and around Los Angeles are a topic of constant conversation in the news, especially when it rains or there is a flood. Taking a look at any of the roads of the city can cause headache, especially if you have to drive them daily. There’s a reason that many people traveling through Southern California attempt to avoid the city altogether, especially with concerns about constant heavy traffic.
- LA Times Interactive Map
The Los Angeles Times has a very interesting interactive map to look at the road conditions across the city. The map also allows users to look at the conditions by road, by district, and by neighborhood. You can see how some of the worst roads are in some of the seemingly obvious places, including Hollywood Hills and Silver Lake. The high number of poor roads is unmistakable for commuters and pedestrians.
- Our Roads are Among the Poorest in the Country
Two years ago, LA area roads were rated the worst in the country, with the neighboring Valley town of Glendale beating Rhode Island with having the most terrible drivers (check it out here.) A Los Angeles Times article shows just a portion of the street and highway conditions that are of concern. The combination of bad drivers nearby and torn up roads can definitely be costly to taxpayers and commuters. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Washington DC based research group TRIP, the conditions, including potholes and other issues cost each driver over $800 per year.
Almost 9,000 Miles of LA Roads Get a C-Minus Grade?
After a recent federal highway rating system was put in place, LA’s 8,700 miles of roads graded a poor C-minus, while a quarter of which received an F (view source.) Furthermore, officials loudly proclaim that there is a sixty year backlog of urgent repairs needed, and almost two thirds of the roads in the city are in poor condition but commerce is a major factor in slowing the repairs (view source.)
- Lawyers Can Help Compensate Victims Hurt on Bad Roads
The shape of the roads that you and your family rely on each and every day are of the highest concern. If you have been the victim of an accident due to negligence from Caltrans or the LA DOT, you need to contact an attorney immediately. They are under an obligation to keep the public safe and the roads well maintained. Let’s make sure that they do.